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Stutsman County, North Dakota
58401, 58402, 58405
The Buffalo City
The Pride of the Prairie
Home of the World's Largest Buffalo
Chamber of Commerce.
Fort Seward was opened in 1872 on the James River. The fort was closed just five years later in 1877. The railroad, however, remained. The city of Jamestown was founded in 1872 and incorporated in 1883.
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Home of the World's Largest Buffalo! The Buffalo was named in a 2010 contest. There was a name dedication ceremony on 24 July 2010. The winning name was Dakota Thunder. Built in 1959, this giant buffalo is 26 feet tall and weighs 60 tons. It is made of concrete. It was originally built as an art class project by Jamestown College students. It is seen today in the Frontier Village.
National Buffalo Museum
A buffalo herd is on the museum grounds and includes White Cloud, an albino buffalo. A white bull calf was born to White Cloud in 2008 and was named Dakota Miracle.
The museum is located at the Frontier Village
500 17th St. SE
Please check website for details.
A re-created Prairie Town with 24 buildings. Some of the buildings are original ones that have been moved to this site. Other features are the Kirkpatrick Gallery, the Louis L'Amour Writer's Shack, the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot - built in 1880 - and much more.
I-94 Exit 258
404 Louis L'Amour Lane
Jamestown, ND 58401
This fort was active from 1872 to 1877. The city of Jamestown grew out of the Fort.
605 10th Ave NW
Stutsman County Memorial Museum
See many original artifacts as well as stained glass and many antiques all displayed in the historic Lutz Mansion.
321 3rd Ave SE
Three interlocking lakes on the James River which were formed by the creation of a dam on the river.
Basillica of St James Catholic Church
This Gothic-style church was built in 1914 for the Catholic community in the area. To be designated a basillica by the church is an honor not designated to many. All factors in such designation are antiquity, historical importance, dignity and significance as centers of worship.
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Louis L'Amour - 22 March 1908 - 10 June 1988
The popular western writer, was born in Jamestown. He wrote mainly western fiction but also wrote historical fiction, non fiction as well as some poetry and short stories. Movies were made of quite a few of his books.
Peggy Lee - 26 May 1920 - 21 January 2002
She was born here in Jamestown. At a young age, she began to sing at local venues such as a radio station and restaurant. At the young age of 17, she left home and went to Los Angeles. She had her big break when she was discovered during a gig in Chicago by Benny Goodman. Her career took off after that. She died at age 81 in Bel Air, California.
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Economy & Industry
Agriculture, retail and wholesale business make up the main sectors of the local economy.
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2000 - 1,246.7 persons per square mile
2000 - 38.6 years
Number of Housing units:
1990 - 6,740
2000 - 6,970
Per Capita income:
2000 - $ 16,686
2008 - $ 23,287
Median house value:
2000 - $ 65,500
2008 - $ 106,345
Jamestown is located in the Central Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.